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November 18
YVCC’s Vineyard & Winery Technology Program Shines at the 2015 Tri-Cities Wine Festival

YVCC's Vineyard & Winery Technology Program Shines at the 2015 Tri-Cities Wine Festival

Yakima Valley Vintners Win 5 Golds and 1 Double Gold

Grandview Campus- Yakima Valley Vintners, YVCC's teaching winery, received 6 awards awards for their student crafted wines at the 2015 Tri-Cities Wine Festival this month. Yakima Valley Vintners' 2013 Primitivo received a double gold medal, and their 2012 Campus Blend Red, 2013 Dean's List Tempranillo, 2013 Red Backpack Red Wine, 2013 Science Fair Carménére, and 2014 Easy A Chardonnay all received gold medals.

All wines submitted were judged blindly by a panel of prominent international wine professionals. YVCC student wines are included with all of the other commercial wineries during the competition. There were 84 wineries that competed this year, and over 428 wines were judged.

These award winning wines, submitted by Yakima Valley Vintners, were produced by students completing course work in YVCC's Vineyard & Winery Technology program. The wines are marketed through the program at YVCC's Grandview Campus which houses a teaching winery facility and tasting room. Students managed all aspects of producing these wines from grape to glass.

"The students work diligently together as a team to form the final blends, and it is great to see how their career passion translates into the finished product," stated YVCC Vineyard and Winery Technology Instructor Trent Ball.

The Tri-Cities Wine Festival began in 1979 as a fundraiser for a new copier for the Tri-Cities Visitor & Convention Bureau. However, it was also envisioned as a vehicle for promoting Northwest wines, and the Tri-Cities as a tourist destination. The festival was modeled after the Seattle Wine Festival and was originally held in July during Water Follies. The event featured over 40 wines from 13 Northwest wineries. In 1990 the Tri-Cities Wine Society assumed sponsorship. Through the help of several area supporters, the Society received enough seed money to continue the festival. The festival has continued each year, and as the Pacific Northwest wine industry has grown and changed, so has the festival. In 2010 Tri-Cities Wine Festival moved to its current location at Three Rivers Convention Center in Kennewick.

For more information about Yakima Valley Vintners and the YVCC Vineyard and Winery Technology Program: or call 509.882.7007.


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November 18
YVCC’s Tiin-Ma will host a Pow Wow

YVCC's Tiin-Ma will host a Pow Wow in honor of Native American Heritage Month

Yakima Campus – Yakima Valley Community College Tiin-Ma Student Club will host a POW WOW on Friday, November 20, 2015 in the Hopf Union Building. Dinner begins at 6:00pm and the Grand Entry will be held at 7:00pm. The event is free and open to the public.​

For more information: 509.574.4802 / .

November 13
YVCC Fall Faculty Lecture Series

Yakima Campus – Yakima Valley Community College's 2015-2016 Faculty Lecture Series kicks off on December 2nd with Doug Lewis presenting The World Water Crisis: Is It Real?    

December 2, 2015 • 7:00pm • Kendall Hall Auditorium

The World Water Crisis: Is It Real?

Doug Lewis, YVCC math instructor​

There is an abundance of information out there about water scarcity, pollution and droughts. This presentation will try to put some of the actual realities in perspective. Who are the most vulnerable? What are people doing about it? How can we help? What are some viable paths toward a sustainable water future?

Doug Lewis had taught mathematics at Yakima Valley Community College for the past 23 years. He currently teaches a course with an emphasis on the mathematics of sustainability. In addition, for the past eight years he has been involved with the Living Waters for the World organization. Living Waters for the World is a Christian ministry that provides sustainable clean water, fostering long-term, mutually beneficial, relationships between volunteers and communities in need. For more information visit

The event is sponsored by YVCC's Arts and Sciences Division and Phi Theta Kappa Student Club. For more information: 509.574.4809.

November 10
Alumni Association Seeking Nominations for Alumnus of the Year Award

Yakima, WA- The Yakima Valley Community College Alumni Association is seeking nominations for the annual Distinguished Alumnus Award.  The award will be presented at the YVCC commencement ceremony in June.

Nomination Form: The application forms are available online at or by contacting Caitlin Goodwill at 509.574.4775 /              

Award Criteria:

  • any former student who attended YVCC for a minimum of three quarters;
  • attained at least 45 credits,
  • and has distinguished themselves in some positive manner is eligible for nomination.

Submission Deadline: January 18, 2016

 For more information: visit or 509.574.4775 /


November 06
Scholarship: Transforming Lives

​Dear YVCC Student:

Has your life been changed by attending Yakima Valley Community College?  If so, you could win $500 cash for your story!


The Association of College Trustees (ACT) Transforming Lives Awards recognize current or former students whose lives have been transformed by attending a Washington State community or technical college.

The YVCC Board of Trustees has the opportunity to nominate a student for the Transforming Lives Award.  Nominees will have their pictures and stories included in an awards pamphlet that may be shared with state legislators during visits at the capitol.

Five nominees will be selected by the ACT Awards Committee to receive the award. These five students will be the featured speakers at the awards dinner in Olympia on Sunday, January 24th, 2016 and will each receive a $500 cash award from ACT.  All nominees will be invited to the ACT Legislative Contact Conference Transforming Lives Awards Dinner as ACT's special guests.

Awards Criteria

Nominations must come from the student's board of trustees and be based on the following criteria:

  • The nominee may be either a current or former Washington community or technical college student who has completed or made significant progress toward completing a degree or certificate that has helped him/her prepare for or be successful in their future endeavors.

  • The nominee must share a compelling story in written format (maximum 500 words) about overcoming barriers to achieve higher education goals and how the education and support received at his/her community or technical college was life transforming (e.g., new employment, self-sufficiency, etc.). ​

Application Process

Students interested in being nominated for the award simply need to submit a short story (500 words or less) about how he/she overcame barriers to achieve higher education goals and how the education and support received at Yakima Valley Community College helped transform his or her life.​

Please include your name, mailing address, telephone number and/or email address and dates of YVCC attendance with the short story.  We prefer that you submit this information electronically to; however you can also mail it to:  President's Office, YVCC, PO Box 22520, Yakima, WA   98907.  Questions can be answered at 509.574.4635.

Application Deadline: 4:00 p.m. Friday, November 6, 2015​

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